11 CV FAQs

The moment that we think it is time to up-date our CV, a number of questions come to mind. Here are some answers to the 11 FAQs. Our expertise in this field comes for reading the top then selling CV books in the British Library, a career of recruiting in financial services and writing CVs and Linkedin Profiles for our dozens of delighted clients.

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Stephen Wright
Job Interview Research and How To Use It

Doing great research before any job interview is a given, but how do you use it to good effect and what are the three common mistakes easily made? Here are a few ideas to make sure that your time spent preparing for an interview is both purposeful and impactful.  

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Negotiation: Why Win-Win Is So Important

When negotiating your compensation and package, it is vital that you find a deal that is fair to you and fair to your employer - a win for you and a win for them. During my career in Executive Search, I developed a good level of expertise in finding the right number for both parties. I have taken these skills and used them to help coaching clients when their job offer is on the table. 

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Qualifying: The 3 Meanings in Job Search

Anyone who has read a sales book or done sales training will be familiar with the term ‘Qualifying’. It is, however, one of those words that has a number of meanings all of which are useful concepts that we can take from sales and apply to job search and interviews. Let’s take a look.

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You Have Been Approached! Now What?

It is, I imagine, very exciting and flattering to be approached by another firm, via a recruiter or directly, to open a discussion about joining them. We all want to be wanted. This is especially true if this firm is credible and has a good reputation in its field. Don’t get swept away as they ‘love bomg’ you, rather a cool head is now needed to make a sober and realistic appraisal of your current firm and the approaching firm, contrasting and comparing their respective merits so that you can make the best decsion.

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And I Would Like To Thank...

Listening to the speeches given at the Oscars ceremony provides lessons for job seekers on how to strike the right balance between modesty and yet acknowledging one’s contribution as they present themselves in job interviews. Here are some thoughts.

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LinkedIn How To | Changing Your LinkedIn Background Photo

When browsing LinkedIn profiles, I am always struck by how few professionals have bespoke images as their background header. Your background header appears behind your profile photo in the ‘introduction card’ on your LinkedIn profile. Changing the default header image has an impact on the aesthetics of your LinkedIn profile: it makes your profile richer, more full and enables it to stand out amongst the crowd of bland LinkedIn profiles.

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How Keen is Too Keen?

As a favour, I once introduced a young soon-to-be fashion graduate to a friend of mine who holds a senior position at a fantastic luxury brand. This graduate wanted to be a buyer and there was a strong chance that with her excellent grades, an introduction might help her secure her a great first job. However, after they had met, I was somewhat disappointed when my friend said: “She didn’t get it.” He didn’t mean ‘it’ as in the job - rather, he meant that she did not seem to fully appreciate the brand, product and firm that he loves with a passion. I suspect that whilst she saw this as a brilliant career opportunity for a recent graduate, she had underestimated just how strongly people feel about the firm that they work for and therefore how much enthusiasm she needed to show.

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Networking: Two ways to make it easy and some magic words

Spending precious time investing in your network can seem like a drag until you are in trouble and really need help. By then, it is something that you can regret not having done in good time. As Harvey Mackay said, “Dig your well before you are thirsty”. Here are two ways to integrate networking into your working day, knowing that little and often will compound up and you will have a healthy, relevant professional network with a high level of social capital.


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Interview Archetypes and Why They Are Useful to Consider

Knowing who will be interviewing and what their concerns are will help you navigate your next interviews effectively and give you a competative advantage over your competition. This is where Archetypes come in. Read about the five Interviewer Archetypes that you can expect to meet during your job search journey.

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Stephen Wright
It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect

Here’s an idea on how a small investment in time now will save you a chunk of time later and perhaps more importantly, it will definitely save you a ton of stress.

When was the last time you upgraded your CV? I can almost feel you stress levels increasing from here. In my experience as a Career Coach, when clients need their CV, for whatever reason, they need it right now. The pressure is on to send it off, creating a stressful sense of urgency that could have been avoided with a small amount of work at the start of each year. Here’s my advice on whst you should to do revamp your CV this January - you’ll thank yourself later:

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The One Document To Write Before Every Interview

Yes, you should have a CV, and yes, it should match the job specification you are responding to, but there is another document that everyone should write before going in for an interview. It is this document which will set you apart as a candidate and will clarify your thinking.

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5 Red Flags That Say 'This job is not a good 'un'

So, you’ve spent weeks or months interviewing for a new role and you are almost overwhelmed with a sense of relief because at last you think that you are about to be offered a new job. However, at the back of your mind, you have an uneasy feeling that perhaps all is not well with the role, the form, or indeed, both. I

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50: Dodging The Chop

When a number of potential clients start mentiioning the same subject then it might be the time to address the issue in this blog. The subject is a feeling that there is a pervasive ageist attitude amongst employers and younger colleagues and as a consequence people approaching or past 50 years old feel vulnerable and fearful that they will be made redundant.

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The Bare Essentials Of Linkedin

I have for the past few weeks looked at over three hundred Linkedin profiles and have noticed that quite a high proportion are so weak that those people cannot be reaping any of the significant benefits of this platform. So hear are some reasons why it worth investing a little time and effort to getting it to a workable level and what specifically to do. Of course the irony of this blog post is that the very people who might benefit from these thoughts are unlikely to be reading it; so please feel free to share.

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